Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number
44 - February 1, 1923, pages 862, 863
Hornberger.-Elizabeth (nee Keller) Hornberger was born
Oct. 18, 1845; died Jan. 9, 1923; aged 77 y. 2 m. 21 d. She is
survived by 7 grandchildren in the West, 4 stepdaughters and two
brothers. She had her home with the stepdaughter who cared for
her in her illness. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite
Church at Hammer Creek near Lititz, Pa. Funeral services were
held at the Mellinger Church near Schoeneck, Pa., conducted by
Bros. Jacob Hershey and John S. Hess. Texts, II Tim. 1:10; Rev.
14:13. J. S. H.
Bennet.-James Bennet was born in England, came to Canada
when a young man, and died at the home of his son, George, near
Cedar Grove, Ont., Jan. 15, 1923, in his 80th year. He was married
to Martha Hopkins, who survives. Five daughters and two sons also
mourn his loss. Bro. Bennet was of a retiring disposition, a hard
working man and rightly respected in the neighborhood. He was
converted three years ago, and with his wife, came into the Mennonite
Church. His remains were laid to rest in the family plot at Locust
Hill, Ont., on Jan. 17.
L. J. B.
Gascho.-Reuben Gascho, oldest son of Mose and Fannie
(Yantzi) Gascho, was born Dec. 22, 1906, at Wellesley, Ont.; died
Jan. 5, 1923, at the home of his mother in Pigeon, Mich.; aged
16 y. 14d. He was ill about 2 months, suffering from heart trouble
and tuberculosis. He accepted Christ ad his personal Savior in
the spring of 1922 and was baptized not very long before he took
sick. He leaves to mourn his departure mother, 1 brother, 3 sisters.
His father and 1 sister preceded him in death. Reuben's last words
were "All is forgiven. Now I can go home. Good bye."
Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River church by S. J.
Swartzendruber and Nevin Bender. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
Mast.-Lydia Catherine Mast, daughter of Nobertis and
Catherine Sprool, was born in Howard Co., Ind., April 23, 1868;
died in the same county Oct. 18, 1922; aged 54 y. 5 m. 25 d. She
was united in marriage to Samuel D. Mast, Nov. 24, 1886. To this
union were born 9 children, 5 sons and 4 daughters. One son died
in infancy. She united with the church of her faith (Mennonite)
in her younger years and remained a consistent and faithful member
until death. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, 9
children, 1 sister, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral on Jan. 21, at the Mennonite Church. Services conducted
by J. S. Horner and E. A. Mast. Burial in Schrock cemetery.
Ramer.-Mary Hoover, widow of the late John Ramer died
at the home of her son-in-law, John Lehman, Toronto, Ont., Jan.
9, 1923, in her 88th year. Deceased was the eldest daughter of
the late John Hoover and lived in happy wedlock with her husband
over 60 years. Brother Ramer died about seven years ago. She is
survived by 5 sons and 5 daughters, with their families. Sister
Ramer was a devoted wife and mother, a highly respected neighbor
and a faithful member of the church. Her hope was in Jesus and
she often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. The
funeral was conducted from the late residence, "Deer Park
Farm," Markham, Ont., on Jan. 11, 1923. Burial at the Wideman
Cemetery. L. J. B.
Esh.-Clayton David Esh, son of Marion and Lydia (Zook) Esh, was born near Allensville, Pa., Nov. 19, 1915; died Nov. 29, 1922; aged 7 y. 10 d. his death was caused by whooping cough, followed by pneumonia. On July 7 he fell from the overden and injured his spine and since that time he had not been able to walk. He was very patient in his afflictions and had a desire to go and be with Jesus. He is survived by his parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, grandparents, and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Allensville A. M. Church by Bros. Joshua B. Zook and John M. Hartzler.
Farewell, dear Clayton, but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part no never,
In the resurrection morn.
Miller.-John (Stauffer) Miller, infant son of Phares and Fanny Miller, was born April 10, 1922. After a few days of sickness caused by bronchial pneumonia he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus Jan. 14, 1923; aged 9 m. 3 d. He leaves to mourn his early departure, his parents and grandparents. His life on earth was short but full of sunshine. Funeral services were held Jan. 16, at the Hammer Creek Church near Lititz, Pa., by Bros. John Hess and Jacob Hershey. Texts, II Kings 4:26. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
When we leave this world of changes,
When we leave this world of care,
We shall find our missing loved ones,
In our Father's mansion fair.
Huber.-John H. Huber was born March 29, 1895; died Jan. 5, 1923, aged 27 y. 9 m. 6 d. He was called away very suddenly after an attack of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, 4 children (Landis, Mary, Helen, Henry), parents, 3 sisters, and 1 brother, also a host of friends whom he had endeared himself with his meek and quite disposition. Funeral services were held at the Hess Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, conducted by Bros. Frank Horst and John S. Hess. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
"Why do you mourn my dearest friends?
Or shake at death's alarms?
"Tis but the voice that Jesus sends,
To call them to his arms."
J. S. H.
Deffenbaugh.-Christian Deffenbaugh was born March 8,
1839; died Dec. 18, 1922; aged 83 y. 9 m. 10 d. In early life
Bro. Deffenbaugh united with the Mennonite Church at Masontown,
Pa., and lived a consistent Christian life until the call came
to come up higher. His entire life was spent in the vicinity of
his birthplace. About 1870 he was ordained to the ministry. He
was interested in all the activities of the church. Five daughters
survive: Mrs. Mattie Elzo Johnson, Mrs. Rebecca Provins, Mrs.
Pleasie Provins, Mrs. Lorella Shoaf, Mrs. Zetta Debolt; also two
sons: Homer C., of Scottdale, Pa., and Chauncy, of Masontown,
Pa. There are a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sister Deffenbaugh preceded him in death several years. Funeral
services were held at Masontown Mennonite Church on the 20th,
conducted by Bro. Abram Metzler of Martinsburg, Pa., assisted
by Brethren Loucks, Hess, and Ressler.
Zook.-Barbara Reber Zook was born in Johnson County,
Iowa, April 23, 1836. In 1885 she moved to Nebraska and three
years later to Thurman, Colo., where she lived until her death.
She was united in marriage to Johnathan Zook, Feb. 6, 1876. To
this union were born two sons and seven daughters. One son and
two daughters preceded her in death. She united with the Mennonite
Church in early youth and remained faithful until death. She had
been ailing in health for several years but whenever able always
attended services. She bore her sickness patiently, expressing
peace and readiness to depart. She died Jan. 5, 1923; aged 66
y. 8 m. 13 d. She leaves to mourn her departure husband, one son,
five daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services at her
home and at the church. Interment in cemetery adjoining. Funeral
services conducted by N. M. Birky. Text, Rev. 14:13.
Mast.-Fannie (Kennel) Mast was born Jan. 1, 1883; died Dec. 7, 1922; aged 39 y. 11 m. 6 d. She was united in marriage Feb. 20, 1908, to Amos K. Mast and leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband and four children-Alvin, Elizabeth, Anna Mary, and Elmer (who is only two years old). She is also survived by six brothers. Fannie always had a kind word for every one and though her last days seemed to be dark because of a nervous breakdown yet we mourn not as those who have no hope. It is hard to understand why one so much needed in the home should be called away but God knows what is best. Funeral services conducted at the home by Bros. Amos B. Stultzfus and at Maple Grove Church by Bros. John S. Mast and Aaron Mast. Texts, II Cor. 5:1 and John 17:4. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled.
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."
Mellinger.-Barbara K. Mellinger, wife of John H. Mellinger,
was born Oct. 20, 1857; died Jan. 4, 1923; aged 65 y. 2 m. 14
d. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 15
4 sisters and 1 brother, and a host of friends to mourn her departure.
Two sons preceded her to the spirit world. Sister Mellinger was
an exemplary woman, a faithful, loving wife, a devoted mother,
a true friend and neighbor, and an earnest, sincere Christian.
She united with the church almost 40 years ago, and her life since
then has been like that of Dorcas of old "full of good works
and almsdeeds which she did." She was always ready to sacrifice
self for the good of others. Her death came as a great shock to
her many friends. She had been seriously ill for several weeks,
but seemed to be on the way to recovery, when a sudden relapse
speedily brought the end. The funeral was held January 7, with
brief services at the home and further services at Mellinger's
Church. The large house was crowded with relatives and sympathizing
friends. Bro. David L. Landis and Sanford Landis had charge of
the services. Text, Mark 14:8. They were assisted at the home
by "Friend" Wm. Moore of Philadelphia, and at the church
by Brethren Daniel Lehman and Benjamin Weaver. Her remains were
laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace
and may our heavenly Father comfort the bereaved.
Hooley.-Daniel Hooley was born in Juniata Co., Pa.,
Aug. 29, 1839; died at Denbigh, Va., Dec. 31, 1922; aged 83 y.
4 m. 2 d. He was united in marriage to Barbara Kauffman at Smithville,
Ohio, Oct. 11, 1869. To this union were born three children (D.
Frank, Amanda, E. Kraus, and Emma D. Wood). They lived a few years
in Missouri and about twenty-five years ago they moved to Warwick
Co., Va. Before coming to Virginia he suffered from asthma but
he obtained relief in the milder climate. He contracted a cold,
which on the account of the feeble condition of his body, resulted
in death after a few weeks of patient waiting. He was baptized
in his youth and was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church
until death. He was feeble in body but his soul was wrapped in
eternal youth. On account of deafness he could not take part in
singing but he heard the heavenly music. He wrote the words with
a trembling hand and in a clear voice sang a new song. He had
not been heard to sing in this way for years. Bro. Hooley was
an inspiration to those who by faith laid hold on eternal life.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 3 children, 10
and 4 great-grandchildren; also 2 sisters, Sarah Mast of Indiana,
and Jamima Mast of Missouri. Funeral services were conducted at
the church on Jan. 2, by Bro. Daniel Shenk. Text, Heb. 9:27. The
body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Aeby.-Marie Antonette Dalcher was born in France, March
14, 1844, and passed away at her home in Ransom, Kans., Dec. 25,
1922, at the age of 78 y. 9 m. 11 d. In 1859, while still in her
early girlhood, she was united with the Reformed Church and lives
a faithful, earnest Christian life to the end. On March 5, 1870,
she united in marriage to Pre. Jacob Aeby, of Switzerland, with
whom she lived until her death. She left Switzerland with her
husband, Feb. 24, 1873, and came to Davis county, Iowa, where
they remained one year. In March 1874, they moved to Gentry county,
Missouri, on a farm. Twelve years later they were sent to Kansas
to find a location for a Mennonite colony. They located in Ness
county, near Ransom, in 1885, and passed through all the trials
and hardships of early pioneers. In 1887 Mennonites began to settle
around Ransom and in 1900 a new church was erected, which still
stands in Ransom and services are held there every Sunday. She
leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Pre. Jacob Aeby, one
child (an adopted daughter), one sister, four grandchildren and
a host of relatives and friends.
She had a kind and loving disposition which endeared her to all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted from the Mennonite church Dec. 27, by J. W. Vanderlip, and the remains laid to rest in the Ransom cemetery.
Thou art gone to live beyond this vale
Of sorrow, pain and care,
And if through life we live for Him,
We'll meet thee over there.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Gospel Herald - Volume XV, Number
45 - February 8, 1923, pages 894, 895
Miller. - Anna, infant daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry
Miller, was born Jan. 28, 1923. She lived but a few hours and
then passed away into the spirit world. Short services were held
at the home by O. S. Hostetler.
Robbins. - Minerva (Ames) Robbins was born at Bronson,
Mich., Feb. 17, 1850; died Jan. 23, 1923, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Ed Healy; aged 72 y. 11 m. 5 d. She was married to Epha Robbins
Dec. 7, 1871, who died nearly twenty-two years ago. To this union
were born eight children of whom one and two daughters preceded
her to the spirit world, leaving to mourn her departure, three
sons, two daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren, and ten
She became a member of the Baptist Church in 1906. Funeral was
held at the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., conducted by O. S.
Erkman. - Frederick Edward, third son of Geo. and Katharine
Erkman, was born Nov. 16, 1895, in Hamilton Co., Ill.; died at
the home of his sister Mrs. Ralph Harvey in Woodford Co., Ill.,
Jan. 16, 1923, after a lingering illness; aged 27 y. 2 m. He was
a patient sufferer. He greatly desired to receive the Lord Jesus
and was baptized and received as a member of the Mennonite Church.
He seemed restful and passed into eternity and we trust fell asleep
in Jesus. He was baptized two hours before he died by Bro. C.
F. Derstine, who also preached the sermon at the funeral on Jan.
17, 1923. Text, I Thes. 4:18.
Blough. - Sarah Alwine Blough, widow of the late Jeremiah
Blough of Holsopple, Pa., was born March 21, 1849; died Jan. 18,
1923; aged 73 y. 9 m. 28 d. She was married to Jeremiah Blough
Oct. 7, 1870. To this union were born 7 children, 3 sons and 4
daughters. Her husband, 1 son, and 1 daughter preceded her to
the spirit world. She is survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, and
1 brother. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for
many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Mennonite
Church on Jan. 21 by L. A. Blough and E. J. Blough. Burial in
the cemetery near the church.
Eichelberger. - Christ Eichelberger was born in Bavaria,
Germany, Mar. 6, 1863. He departed life Jan. 5, 1923; aged 57
y. 10 m. 29 d. At the age of 12 years he united with the Mennonite
Church of which he remained a faithful member until death. He
was married to Kate Zankel Jan., 1889. To this union were born
seven children, 2 having died in infancy and the oldest son, Christ
died Jan. 5, 1916. He leaves to mourn his departure a sorrowing
wife, one son, Andy, and three daughters Lena, Mary, and Anna,
2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren. Bro. Aldus Brackbill, Clarksville,
Mich., and Bro. Simeon Martin preaches the funeral sermon on Jan.
Nunemaker. - Anna (Culberson) Nunemaker, wife of Pre.
J. M. Nunemaker, was born at Mansfield, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1846; died
at her late home near La Junta, Colo., Jan. 23, 1923; aged 76
y. 4 m. 19 d. She move from Ohio to Sterling, Ill., in October
1868, where she was married to Pre. John Kornhaus the following
year. To this union were born four sons and five daughters. One
son and three daughters preceded her to the spirit world. Her
first husband died in McPherson Co., Kans. On Dec. 26, 1916, she
was married to J. M. Nunemaker. She is survived by her husband,
3 sons, and 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild,
and two brothers. In the fall of 1868 she united with the Mennonite
Church and remained faithful to the end. Services were held at
the East Holbrook Church, Colorado, by J. A. Heatwole and John
Thut, from I Cor. 5:1; after which the body was brought to Canton,
Kans., where another service was conducted in the Springvalley
Church by D. A. Diener and D. H. Bender, from Rev.14:13. Interment
in cemetery nearby where her first husband and several children
Kolb. - John F. Kolb, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Funk) Kolb, was born in Chester Co., Pa., Dec. 16, 1850; died Jan. 24, 1923; aged 72 y. 1 m. 8 d., following an illness dating from Christmas, 1921. He was married to Amanda J. Zoller Nov. 6, 1873. In 1875 they were baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. His wife preceded him in death May 21, 1919. He was the father of four children, all of whom survive him; J. Clayton, Sarah, wife of Francis Bechtel, John W., and M. Ada, wife of Isaac S. Longacre. By his death the family have lost a good counselor and a kind, loving father. The Church has lost one who was deeply concerned in her welfare and a faithful attendant at her services, especially during his last years when with a feeble body and tottering steps, he wended his way to the house of worship. During his last sickness, he suffered intense pain and often prayed for the Lord to give him grace to endure till He should see fit to call him home. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 29 by Bros. Henry G. Bechtel, G. H. Brunk, Warren G. Bean and A. O. Histand. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Vincent cemetery.
"Life's labor done; as sinks the clay,
Light from its load the spirit flies,
While heaven and earth combine to say,
'How blest the righteous when he dies.' "
Hooley. - Joseph Kurtz Hooley was born near Belleville,
Mifflin Co., Pa., May 7, 1864; died at his home near Bowdil, O.,
Jan. 23, 1923; aged 58 y. 8 m. 16 d. He was united in marriage
to Adda S. Yeater Dec. 13, 1883. To this union were born 10 children,
Sara, Mary, Phoeba and Ruth dying in infancy, while David, Elsie,
Margaret, Selina, Anna and Hulda survive. They moved to Ohio in
1899. At the early age of 18 years he united with the Presbyterian
Church. In 1893 he transferred his membership to the Mennonite
Church. He served as Superintendent of the Old People's Home near
Marshallville, O., for a term of two years. He was active in church
and Sunday school work and was a Bible student of more than ordinary
intelligence. In the year 1922 he was received as a member of
the U. B. Church and installed as a licensed minister in that
organization and placed in charge of the Macedonia church. Funeral
services were held at the Pleasant View Church near his home on
Jan. 26 in the presence of a large concourse of people by I. J.
Buckwalter from the text "I have a message from God unto
thee" assisted by the ministers Henning, Leaser, and Gruber.
Interment in the cemetery near by. He leaves his loving wife,
6 children, 14 grandchildren, and a large circle of relatives
and friends to mourn his departure.
Eyer. - Elizabeth (Leatherman) Kehr Eyer was born in
Medina, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1831, at which place she grew to womanhood.
About the year 1856 she came to Indiana and was married to Henry
Kehr of Elkhart Co. To this union were born six children, one
daughter Caroline, dying in infancy. At the age of 25 years she
was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining
true to God until death. In the year 1897 her husband preceded
her in death. In the year 1901 she was again married to Jerry
Eher of Wakarusa, Ind., who also preceded her in death in 1903.
Hers was a life of quiet peace in her Savior, in whom she constantly
trusted. Many were the good deeds done and the wholesome advices
given to those who sought her company. On Jan. 14 she suffered
a stroke of paralysis which left her partly helpless and on Jan.
28 she peacefully fell asleep at the ripe age of 91 y. 5 m. 4
d. Those left to mourn her departure are five children (Mrs. Chauncey
Clouse of Haver, Mont.; Mrs. Granville Landis and Martin Kehr
of Wakarusa, Ind.; John Kehr, of Alberta, Can., and Frank Kehr
of Elkhart, Ind.) 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 3
brothers, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services
were conducted at the Yellowcreek Church by Bro. A. B. Yoder of
the M. B. C. Church and Bros. Silas Weldy. Text, II Cor. 4:7,
8. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Beery. - Rebecca (Brenneman) Beery was born near Bremen, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1847; died at her home near Bronson, Mich., Jan. 15, 1923; aged 76 y. 13 d.; aged 76 y. 13 d. On Dec. 22, 1864, she was united in marriage to Daniel F. Beery of Allen Co., Ohio, he having preceded her in death Mar. 19, 1911. In August, 1865, they moved to Branch Co., Mich., where she lived until death. About the year 1867 they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful members until death. To this union were born 12 children: Caroline Roat, of Branch Co., Mich.; Sarah Ann Beery, deceased; Abraham Beery, of Branch Co., Mich.; Catharine Beery, deceased; W. Frank Beery, of Noble twp.; Barbara Beery, deceased; Jacob Beery of Noble; Harvey F. Beery, deceased; Mathilda Swift of Bethel twp.; Elizabeth Fair of Madison twp.; Arthur Beery of Fawn River twp.; Irvin Beery, deceased. Of 20 grandchildren 17 are living; of 9 great-grandchildren 8 are living. Sister Beery was the last of the pioneer members of the old society of Mennonites. She was a devoted mother to her family. She leaves to mourn her loss 1 sister, 2 brothers, 7 children, 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill cemetery beside her husband. Funeral services conducted by W. H. Moore.
"Dearest sister thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But tis God that has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal."
Yoder. - Amanda Yoder was born Aug. 4, 1861, in Holmes Co., Ohio; died of cancer Jan. 19, 1923, at her home near Crystal Springs, Kans. At the early age of sixteen years she united with the Mennonite Church at Walnut Creek, Ohio, and lived faithfully until the end. April 28, 1887, she was united in marriage to J. D. Yoder in McPherson County, Kans. To this union were born 10 children, 8 sons, and 2 daughters. One son and the two daughters preceded her to the great beyond. The remaining seven sons are, Aaron, Irvin, Harvey, Henry, Alfred and David, all of Crystal Springs, and Milo of Burbank, Calif. In the year 1903 they with their family moved to the Yoder home one-half mile east of Crystal Springs where she spent the remainder of her life, always at her post of duty. She leaves to mourn a husband, 7 sons, 6 grandchildren, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at the Amish Mennonite Church near Crystal Springs conducted by Henry King of Harper, Kans., and J. J. Zimmerman and E. J. Shettler of the home congregation. Text, II Tim. 4:7, 8. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
"Mother thou hast left us lonely,
Here our loss we deeply feel,
But tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
Ernst. - Sister Martha Ernst was born in Franklin Co.,
Pa.; died Jan. 26, 1923; aged 71 y. 13 d. Her death was due to
a complication of diseases. She is survived by her husband, Pre.
Geo. Ernst, and the following children: Mrs. Edward Yeager of
Chambersburg, Jacob K. Ernst of the state of Washington, David
K. Ernst of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Henry Martin and Fred G. Ernst
of Chambersburg. She also had 2 precious little ones who preceded
her to the spirit world. Surviving her are also 16 grandchildren.
She was a member of the Mennonite Church and one that we will
miss so much. A large pillar is taken from our little congregation
at Pleasant View. She stood for the firm principle of the Gospel
and always had a kind word for all. She was a mother to all who
knew her and her ways can well be followed by us as younger people.
In her closing hours when in pain she would long for a home of
rest but she was patient and willing to wait until the Lord said,
"It is enough; come home." Funeral services Jan. 29,
were conducted at the home by Bro. Jos. Lehman and at the Chambersburg
Church by Bros. W. W. Hege and John S. Burkholder. She was buried
in the adjoining graveyard.
"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which can never be filled."
N. W. E.
Mishler. - Jacob C. Mishler was born Aug. 18, 1840,
in Somerset Co., Pa., died at the home of his wife's niece, Mr.
and Mrs. Uriah M. Miller, near Lagrange, Ind., Jan. 19, 1923;
aged 82 y. 5 m. 1 d. He was first married to Sarah Miller who
died on Jan. 28, 1914. He was again married on Apr. 18, 1915,
to Mrs. Susan Miller. He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing
widow, three children, Moses and Mrs. Joe C. Miller of Kalona,
Iowa, and Mrs. Peter Weirich of Wolford, N. Dak. He was preceded
in death by his first wife and three children, Daniel, Polly,
and Eli; the three dying during the same week. Uncle Jake and
Aunt Susie lived a happy life together for almost eight years.
He was always kind and pleasant to all who came in contact with
him. He always enjoyed good health until about three years ago
when he had his final stroke of paralysis, but again regained
fairly good health. Later he had several strokes and kept growing
weaker, but was fully conscious until the last week. He united
with the Amish Church in his youth and always remained a faithful
member in the cause of Christ. When health failed he often expressed
a desire of once more going to church, but God always knows best,
and it is thru Him that we part with Uncle Jacob. Funeral services
were held at the Mennonite Church at Emma, Ind., conducted by
J. J. Troyer, Christ Miller, O. S. Hostetler, after which the
body was taken to Iowa for burial where another service was held.
Zook. - Ivan Ira, son of Ira M. and Susie A. Zook, was born in Cass Co., Mo., Feb. 24, 1913; died at the home of his parents at Westover, Md., Jan. 24, 1923; aged 9 y. 11 m. Ivan took sick of sore throat the latter part of December but it was thought to be only tonsilitis. Three more of the family took sick and when the doctor was called he said that they all had diphtheria. Ivan's throat healed up nicely but complained of a sore spot in the stomach and later suffered somewhat from vomiting. On the evening of Jan. 23 he seemed all right and after family worship he asked his mother to read to him as he always enjoyed having the Bible read to him. After the reading of two chapters he went to bed and nothing was heard from him during the night. He was accustomed to sleep as long as he pleased because of his health. At nine o,clock the next morning his father called him but received no answer. He went upstairs and found him cold in death. He must have passed away soon after he went to bed as not even the covers had been moved. It is sad to go thru this experience but we bow submissively to the will of God. Tho young in years Ivan gave his heart to Jesus in the fall, and was received into the church by water baptism. He lived a faithful life for the Master and was loved by his companions. Funeral services could not be held because some of the other children were not yet entirely well. Short services were held at the grave on Jan. 24 by Bros. Aaron Mast and Geo. Hostetler. Memorial services will be held later. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, mother, four sisters, two brothers, and many friends and relatives. But we need not mourn as those who have no hope.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.
Like the dove of the ark,
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest."
- By the Family.
Transcriber's note: tonsilitis typed as written.
Reeser. - Christian Reeser was a native of Alsace, Lorraine, (Sangamese) which at the time of his birth was a part of France. He was born Sept. 15, 1819, a son of French and German parents. His father, whose name was John, was a Frenchman and native of Lorraine. While a soldier in France he met and afterwards married a German lady, who was born and reared in Germany. The father died while comparatively young, at the age of thirty-five years. His widow came to America and settled in Indiana, at which place she was laid to rest, at the age of sixty years. To this union were born four children, John, Joseph and Mary deceased; Christian, the subject of this sketch, being the only one living. He was reared in France and educated in the French language, but, as usual in those border provinces, he also learned to speak German. While a boy his occupation was herding sheep. In 1839, at the age of twenty years, he came to America with his brother John and a friend, Nicklos Murrier. The voyage was made in a sailing vessel, 45 days being spent on the Atlantic. He located on a farm in Butler County, Ohio. Thirteen years later, at the age of thirty-three years, in Delaware County, Ind., he was married to Miss Barbara Zimmerman, a native of Baden, Germany. To this union were born thirteen children; Joseph and Andrew deceased. The living are: John P. Reeser and Mrs. Fannie S. Ulrich of Nampa, Ida.; C. B. Reeser and Mrs. Anna D. Ulrich of Eureka, Ill.; Jacob of Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Barbara B. Ummel of Reeds, Mo.; Samuel of Goodfield, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Plaag of Peoria, Ill.; and Peter E. of Seattle, Wash. There are also 82 grandchildren and 101 great-grandchildren. Christian Reeser came to Montgomery Township, Woodford Co., Ill., in 1858 from Delaware Co., Ind. By wagon immigration. In 1895 he decided to quit farming and in doing so moved to Eureka, Ill., at which place he lived ten years. In 1903, at the age of seventy-two, his wife died. He then made his home in Missouri, with his daughter, Mrs. Ulrich, and came back to Illinois with her about four years later. In 1867 he was called to the ministry in the Mennonite Church, with which he united when a young man. He experienced pioneer experiences in the work of the ministry. Years ago his services were used largely in the community at large for funerals. His period in the ministry was 56 years. When he was 100 years old he spoke the last time. He enjoyed his work greatly, and his death was appropriatey on the Lord's Day, for that is the day he appreciated most. He passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 1923. His age was 103 y. 3 m. 29 d. The funeral was held on Jan. 17. The church was crowded beyond capacity. Bro. Andrew Schrock preached in German on II Tim. 4:7, 8. Bro. Clayton F. Derstine preached in English on Acts 13:36. Bros. Sam Gerber and Valentine Strubhar assisted in the service. Peace to his ashes.
Transcriber's note: appropriatey typed as written.
Brenneman. - Moses Brenneman, son of Bishop John M. and Sophia Brenneman, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, May 4, 1846; died at his home near Elida, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1923; aged 76 y. 8 m. 18 d. He was one of a family of twelve children, of whom four are still living. In 1855 he with his parents moved to Allen Co., Ohio, which has since been his home. He gave his heart to God and united with the Mennonite Church at the age of 20. Oct. 1, 1870, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Stemen who survives him. This union was blessed with eleven children, of whom the following are living: Andrew, John M., Simeon, Moses H., Rudy R., Adam S., Martha J., Alpheus N., and Mary E. All of these are living in the home community, and all members of the Mennonite Church, the eldest, Bro. Andrew, being a minister in the home church. The Lord has been gracious to the family, the father's death being the first death in the family for nearly fifty years. Bro. Brenneman was ordained to the ministry Sept. 10, 1885. His whole heart and soul were in the work, and the best years of his life were spent in promoting the cause of the kingdom. He was greatly concerned for the welfare of the Church, as well as every member of his family. He was active in the counsels of his congregation and conference. For a number of years he served the Medway congregation near Dayton, Ohio, and also served as district evangelist for several years. He preached his last sermon Dec. 31, 1922. Text, "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God." Soon after this he took sick. After a few days his illness developed into pneumonia, which finally resulted in his death. He spent much of his time during his last sickness in prayer, singing a number of his favorite hymns, and frequently urged the members of his family to sing. During his last night on earth he was heard to sing, " I am His and He is mine." He was conscious almost to the end, was fully resigned to God, and shortly before passing away he said, "All is well." A number of times during his last illness he expressed himself as being happy in the Lord, willing to go or stay, as the Lord wills. He leaves his faithful companion, 9 children, 23 grandchildren, 4 sisters, and many relatives and friends who mourn the departure of one who was always faithful to his calling and always ready to extend a helping hand in time of need. As a husband and father, a neighbor and friend, he was uniformly kind and helpful, esteemed by those who knew him, especially members of his own family.
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.."
Funeral services at Salem Church, Jan. 25, conducted by Daniel
Kauffman, assisted by George Ross, Perry Brunk, N. O. Blosser,
J. M. Shenk, and A. I. Yoder. Text, I Peter 1:3-5, selected by
our departed brother.
Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana
Landvater. - Sylvester D., son of Roy and - Landvater,
was born Dec. 24, 1917; died Jan. 7, 1923; aged 5 y. 13 d. He
was attacked with pneumonia and died very unexpectedly. He is
survived by his parents and one sister. Funeral services were
held at the home, Jan. 10, conducted by Bishop Noah Risser and
Bro. Samuel L. Oberholtzer. Text, Psa. 103:15, 16. Interment in
Good's burial ground, Lancaster Co., Pa.
Kreider. - Mary K. Kreider, widow of the late John G.
Kreider, was born March 24, 1853; died at her home near Milton
Grove, Pa., Jan. 26, 1923; aged 69 y. 10 m. 2 d. She is survived
by 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys; 2 sisters and 2 step-brothers.
Her husband and 5 children preceded her to the spirit world. She
was a consistent member of Risser's (Mennonite) congregation.
Funeral services at her late home on Jan. 31, 1923, conducted
by Bishop Noah Risser and at Risser's meeting house by Samuel
L. Oberholtzer and Bishop Noah Risser. Interment in the adjoining
burial ground. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8.
Freed. - Barbara Haines, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan
Haines was born in Stark Co., Ohio, March 30, 1842; died near
Hudson, Ind. January 13, 1923; aged 80 y. 9 m. 13 d. She was the
oldest of seven children of whom one remains, Isaac Haines of
Alliance, Ohio. On August 1, 1863, she was united in marriage
to Henry Freed. In 1864 they came to Dekalb Co., Ind., and settled
on a farm near Fairfield Center where her husband died in 1900.
To this union were born nine children of whom eight are living.
She leaves also 29 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She
united with the Mennonite Church near her home and remained a
faithful member until death. About six years ago she was stricken
with paralysis and remained a helpless invalid until death. Funeral
services were held by Ben. B. King at the Pleasant Valley Church.
Harnish. - John G. Harnish was born in Willow Street, Pa., Aug. 14, 1856; died Jan. 18, 1923; aged 66 y. 5 m. 4 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. He is survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters, Martin G., Abram G., Samuel G., Jacob G., Mary Harnish and Mrs. Barbara Rohrer. Funeral services were held Sunday Jan. 21, with brief services at the house by Bro. Frank Herr. Text, II Cor. 5, and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Aaron Harnish and Jacob Thomas. Texts, II Cor. 6:2; II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
Just a rest for weary footsteps,
Just a folding of tires hands,
Just a glimpse across the river,
Where the holy city stands.
Yoder. - Fannie (Miller) Yoder was born in Somerset
Co., Pa., Feb. 11, 1852; died in McPherson Co., Kans., Jan. 30,
1923; aged 70 y. 11 m. 19 d. In 1869 she was married to David
D. Yoder, who preceded her to the spirit world about two years.
To this union were born 14 children, four of whom died in infancy.
She is survived by 6 sons and 4 daughters (Pre. C. D. Yoder being
one of her sons), 48 grandchildren, and 3 brothers. She united
with the Mennonite church in 1874, and was a consistent member
and faithful worker in the church so long as her health permitted.
She was one of the pioneer members of the West Liberty congregation,
much concerned for the salvation of her children and the purity
of the church. She suffered for some time with diabetes, and when
she was taken with pneumonia her life was ended in twelve hours.
Funeral services were conducted at the West Liberty Church by
Maurice A. Yoder and D. H. Bender. Text, Phil, 1:21.
Troyer. - Henry J. Troyer was born Nov. 23, 1854, near
Walnut Creek, O., and died near Shanesville, O., Jan. 23, 1923;
aged 68 y. 2 m. He had been sick of diabetes for about two years
but was only bedfast for about six weeks. He was married to Mary
Ann Weaver Jan. 20, 1878. This union was blessed with six children.
Two died in infancy. His wife died April 1, 1903. He was married
a second time, on Oct. 23, 1906, to Sarah Ann Miller. He leaves
to mourn his departure his widow, 4 daughters, 5 grandchildren,
3 step-children and 9 step-grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters,
7 half brothers and 2 half sisters, and a host of relatives and
friends. He was a life-long member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church
and burial was made in the cemetery nearby. The service was opened
by Otto H. Doebert, Church of God, from Rev. 20:11-19, 21. S.
H. Miller preached from II Cor. 5:1.
Short. - Anna Yoder Short was born near Maysville, Ind., Sept. 3, 1861; died at her home near Archbold, O., Jan. 26, 1923; aged 61 y. 4 m. 23 d. On May 29, 1879, she was united in marriage with Henry Short and lived in matrimony a little over 43 years. To this union were born 11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom are living. She leaves to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband, 11 children, 13 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. In her younger years she united with the Amish Mennoite Church and retained her membership until death.
"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hath bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal."
Funeral services were held at the Lockport Church Jan. 30, conducted by E. L. Frey and S. D. Grieser. Text, II Cor. 5:10; I Pet. 1:3-5. Interment in the Lockport cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Mennoite typed as written.
Horst. - Lydia H. (Lehman) Horst, daughter of Pre. Samuel
D. and Elizabeth Lehman, and wife of Michael S. Horst, was born
near Chambersburg, Pa., August 12, 1859; died of a complication
of diseases on Feb. 3, 1923; aged 63 y. 5 m. 21 d. She spent her
entire life in the vicinity of Chambersburg and lived a quiet,
consistent Christian life, having been a member of the Mennonite
Church for many years. She suffered considerably for the last
six weeks and quietly passed to where sufferings are no more.
She is survived by her husband, 3 sons (Samuel H. and Isaac of
Chambersburg, and John L. of Scottsdale, Pa.), 1 brother, Peter
H. Lehman, and 1 sister, Elizabeth Lehman (who lived in the home),
4 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Her loss
is keenly felt but we bow submissively to the will of Him who
knows what is best. Funeral services were held at her late home
and at the Chambersburg Church, conducted by Brethren J. S. Burkholder,
D. E. Kuhns and W. W. Hege. Text, Phil 1:21. Interment in adjoining
Fenstermacher. - Edward S. Fenstermacher was born Apr. 9, 1869; died in the Lancaster General Hospital Jan. 28, 1923; aged 53 y. 9 m. 19 d. He was a member of the New Danville Mennonite Church, serving as sexton at that place the past twelve years. He was a teacher in the Sunday school and his disposition won for him many friends. He will be missed not only in the home, but in the church and in the surrounding community; but our loss is his eternal gain. He is survived by his wife, who was Lizzie Hess before marriage, and father-in-law, Adam Hess, with whom he resided. Funeral services were held Feb. 1, 1923, with brief services at the house by Bro. Noah Hess, text, Psa. 17:15, and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Maurice W. Hess, Aaron B. Harnish and Jacob Thomas; texts, Psa. 90; I Sam. 20:18; I Cor. 15:58. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.
"God knows the way, he holds the key,
He guides us with unerring hand,
Sometime with tearless eyes we,ll see,
Yes there, up there, we,ll understand."
Shenk. - Elizabeth (Herr) Shenk widow of Deacon Samuel
H. Shenk, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 4, 1834; entered
peacefully into rest Jan. 19, 1923; aged 88 y. 28 m. 15 d. She
leaves 1 son, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren,
also 1 sister and 1 brother. Father and several children have
preceded mother to the spirit world. She will be greatly missed.
Hers was a busy life until within four weeks of her departure.
She was able to do much good making useful things by sewing and
knitting. She spent much time in reading the Bible and had memorized
a number of verses and poems which she would oftentimes repeat.
She was blessed with a bright mind until she passed away and gave
expression to the many good things with which her mind and life
were filled and had a deep concern for the unsaved. She was willing
and joyfully waiting to go home. May we heed her teaching so that
when the Lord calls us we can meet the dear ones where parting
is no more. Funeral services at the house by Bro. Aaron Harnish
and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Thomas
and Daniel Lehman. Text, II Tim. 1:12. Interment in the adjoining
Prough. - Harvey C. Prough, son of John and Elizabeth
Prough, was born in Hocking Co., O., Feb. 20, 1837. In November
he left his home and went to California to his son John C. Prough
to spend the winter. He soon took sick with Pneumonia and Bright's
Disease. He died suddenly at the home of his son on Dec. 29, 1922;
aged 85 y. 10 m. 9 d. He moved to Lagrange Co, Ind., with his
parents in 1842 where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage
to Marguerite A. Lutz, Sept. 1, 1867. She died 11 years ago. To
this union were born 11 children; Silvia, Charity, Sarah, William,
Oliver, Alice, Della, Clem, and two sons who died in infancy.
He also leaves a stepmother, two sisters, 5 brothers, 14 grandchildren,
6 great-grandchildren. He was a loving father, a kind neighbor,
and ever ready to help the needy. He made his home with his daughter,
Elizabeth Lupold, for the last eight years. He will be sadly missed
by his family and wide circle of friends. In 1898 he united with
the Mennonite church and was a faithful member till death. Funeral
services at the Brethren Church by O. S. Hostetler from I Cor.
15:35, and by Y. C. Miller from II Tim. 4:7, 8. The body was brought
to his home and buried in the Lupold cemetery.
Gsell. - Joseph B. Gsell, son of William and Maria Gsell, was born Dec. 27, 1844; died Jan. 6, 1923. When he was twenty-one years of age he came to Whiteside Co., Ill., with his parents. He spent fifty-seven years in this locality. In March, 1865, he was married to Margaret Etter, who passed from this earthly life Dec. 30, 1912. To this union seven children were born: Amanda Snavely of Shannon, Ill., Margaret Steiner of Comins, Mich., Joseph E. and Ida Annan, of Morrsion, Ill, survive him. Mary, William, and Emma preceded their father to their eternal home. He also leaves 26 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Barbara Nice and Maria Longenecker, of Morrison, Ill., Sarah Leidig of Lake Charles, La., one brother, Henry Gsell of Shannon, Ill. He suffered with diabetes for many years. Recently a complication set in. He was cheerful through all his suffering and said he would submit to God's will. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained in this faith until Jesus took him home. On Saturday morning the frail body was left behind and the spirit went to God who gave it, at the age of 78 y. 10 d. He was a sincere Christian, a thoughtful father, and a kind friend to all who knew him. Funeral was conducted at the home of his son, and at the Mennonite Church, P. R. McMahan officiating. Burial in Grove Hill cemetery.
Angels beckoned him to come,
Far beyond the starry sky,
Sad, indeed, were our hearts that day,
But! Lord, Thy will be done.
Birky. - Magdalena B., daughter of " Valentine and Magdalene Birky( " deceased), was born Nov. 29, 1850, near Morton, Ill., died Jan. 26, 1923, at her home in Normal, Ill. Her parents and the following sisters preceded her to the spirit world: Jacobina Augspurger, Normal, Ill., Barbara Zook, Manson, Iowa, Elizabeth Bachman, Cazenovia, Ill. Her sister, Catherine Birky, and brother, Valentine Birky, of Bloomington, Ill., with a host of relatives and friends, survive her death. Sister Birky has had ill health for a number of years. The cause of her death was due to heart and stomach trouble. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior early in life and remained faithful until the end. She was affiliated with the Mennonite Church and in this faith she died. She was a great sufferer during her life, yet withal possessed great patience. Loss of hearing did not make her lose her interest in every one and everything around her. Though we shall greatly miss her, especially is this true of her sister who has been her life companion, yet we joy that in her heavenly home there will be no more suffering or pain and she shall ever be with Christ whom she loved. We feel our loss, yet it can not be compared with her gain. The funeral was held at the home of her brother, Valentine Birky, Jan. 29, 1923. Bros. Grub and Troyer conducted the services. Text, Matt. 11:28. Interment in the Kauffman cemetery.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe in His breast,
There by His love o,er-shaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest."
Transcriber's note: Where the " spaces are before Valentine
and after Birky, in the original the typing was unreadable.
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Erb. - Infant son of C. R. and Minnie Erb, was born near Aurora, Nebr., Jan. 30, 1923, died Jan. 30, 1923. Short services ere held at the home by reading I Cro. 15 and prayer.
"Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child,
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled,
Like the dove of the ark,
Thou hast flown to thy rest,
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest."
Transcriber's note: ere and Cro. typed as written.
Blough. - Samuel Y. Blough was born near Davidsville,
Pa., Nov. 4, 1842; died Feb. 1, 1923, at the same home where he
was born, raised, and lived all his lifetime; aged 80 y. 2 m.
27 d. He was married three times. His three wives and four of
his children preceded him in death. He is survived by 5 sons,
1 daughter, 26 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; also
2 sisters. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and expressed
himself as being ready to leave this world and be with Christ.
Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church on Feb. 3,
by Bros. Abram Metzler, L. A. Blough, and J. F. Bressler. Interment
in cemetery near the church.
Yocum. - Marguerite May Yocum, foster child of Bro. and Sister Henry E. Martin, died at the Chambersburg, Pa., Hospital, on Jan. 30, 1923; aged 3 y. 10 m. 10 d., after a short illness of meningitis. She was taken to their home about 4 months ago. Marguerite was an attractive and lovable child and brightened the lives of others during her short stay here. She is survived by her foster-parents and one foster brother, Christian H. Services conducted on Feb. 2 at the home by Bro. D. E. Kuhns and at the Chambersburg Church by Jos. E. Lehman. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
"The golden gates were opened wide.
A gentle voice said, Come,,
And angels from the other side,
Welcomed our darling home."
Yoder. - Ervia A. Yoder was born Jan. 16, 1883, near
Garden City, Mo.; departed this life Feb. 7, 1923, at the age
of 40 y. 22 d. On Feb. 22, 1912, he was united in marriage to
Fannie Neuenschwander at Garden City, Mo. To this union were born
4 children: Ruby, Helen, Timothy, Rozella, the latter dying in
infancy. Bro. Yoder united with the Mennonite church at the age
of eighteen years and remained a faithful and consistent member
until death. He was living in La Junta, Colo., at the time of
his death. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Church
in that city on Feb. 9, conducted by Bro. J. A. Heatwole. Text,
Psa. 8:4. The remains were shipped to Garden City, Mo., for burial.
Bro. Yoder was a true Christian, and a kind, loving husband and
father. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 3 children,
father, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and other relatives and friends.
Ummel. - Pre. Christian David Ummel was born near
Ill., Sept. 9, 1874; died at his home in Ransom, Kans., Feb. 10,
1923; aged 48 y. 5 m. and 1 day.
He came to Kansas when he was 12 years old. In his youth he was converted, baptized, and united with the Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful until death. He served the Church at Ransom as Superintendent of the Sunday school for five years and in the ministry for two years. He united in marriage to Ella Mishler, Nov. 24, 1894. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, 7 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 2 grandchildren, 1 sister, 2 half sisters 1 half brother, 4 step-brothers, 2 step-sisters and a host of friends, He was a loving companion, a kind father and a faithful friend. He was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were held in the Ransom Mennonite Church by Harry A. Diener of Haven, Kans. Text, I Cor. 15:55. Interment in the City cemetery.
Frederick. - Martha Catharine, daughter of Bro. Clayton and Sister Martha Frederick, was born June 21, 1922; died at the home of her parents near Harleysville, Pa., Jan. 28, 1923; aged 7 m. 7 d. She is survived by 4 brothers and 1 sister; James Russell, Anna Mae, John Mark, George Arthur, and Norwood Clayton. Funeral services at the Franconia Mennonite meetinghouse by the brethren, A. G. Clemmer, A. Z. Derstine and Menno Sauder. Text, Jno. 16:22. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Martha's sickness started Dec. 23 when she had an attack of croup. Later she had grippe, an abscess in her ear, and swollen glands which left her in a somewhat weakened condition. Then when she contracted whooping cough it soon developed into pneumonia, causing her death five days later.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there."
Shantz. - Elizabeth Histand, wife of Menno Schantz, was born in Oxford Co., Ont., Oct. 6, 1846; passed to her reward at Waterloo, Ont., Jan. 3, 1923, aged 76 y. 2 m. 28 d. On Dec. 30, 1873, she was united in marriage to Menno Schantz, who predeceased her in 1911. To this union were born 4 children, 2, Harry and Catherine, having preceded their parents to the spirit world, and 2, Amanda and Ellen, with an aged sister, Mrs. M. Unger, Preston, Ont., remain to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother and sister. The funeral was held on Jan. 5, 1923, from her late residence and the Erb St. Mennonite Church. Interment in the Schantz cemetery, north of Baden. Services were conducted by S. Schrader and Oscar Burkholder. Text, Prov. 3:6. Sister Schantz was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and departed this life strong in the faith of her Master.
"There are some things we cannot know,
Some things we cannot understand;
But this one thing we hope to go
To mother in that heavenly land."
Transcriber's note: Shantz was also spelled as Schantz in the
Spears. - Henry Spears was born in Basil, Switzerland,
Sept. 26, 1851; Died Feb. 10, 1923; aged 72 y. 3 m. 14 d. On Oct.
11, 1879, he was united in matrimony to Mary Anne Zoss who preceded
him in death Dec. 14, 1911. In 1884 they came to America. In his
youth he united with the German Reformed Church and in 1899 he
united with the Amish Mennonite Church of which he was a faithful
member until death. To this union were born 5 sons and 4 daughters,
1 son and 1 daughter preceding him in death. He made his home
with his daughter, Mary Bachman, during the last years. He did
not appear for supper and the family became alarmed because this
was very unusual. They called the different stores in Cazenovia,
Ill., but he was not there. They next went to where he had last
been last seen, cleaning off the garden. To their amazement they
found him lying there dead. It was a severe shock to the children
and friends. He is survived by four sons, John, Jacob, David,
and Adolph; three daughters, Mary, Emma, and Anna; a number of
grandchildren, and a host of friends who mourn his departure.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 13, 1923, at the house in Cazenovia
by A. A. Schrock using Psa. 90:1-12, and at the Harmony Church
by Peter Garber, Psa. 16, and by A. A. Schrock, Amos 4:12, latter
Lichti. - Samuel S. Lichti, son of the late Christian E. and Nancy Lichti, was born near Wayland, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1879; died at his home near Shickley, Nebr., Feb. 5, 1923; aged 44 y. 21 d. Death was caused by diabetes, of which he was a sufferer for 15 months, but bore it very patiently. He was united in marriage July 3, 1903, with Katie A. Rediger. This union was blessed with 1 son and 3 daughters. His companion died March 5, 1911, and he was remarried Mar. 30, 1915, to Leah B. Schrock. This union was blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter. He leaves to mourn his departure his companion, 4 sons, 4 daughters, 3 brothers, 4 sisters and many other relatives and friends. He united with the A. M. Church in his youth and was a faithful member until Jesus called him to his reward. In the home as a Christian father he was not so much concerned about himself as about the welfare of his children. We have the consolation that the Lord doeth all things well, and that our loss is his gain. God alone knows why He has removed him, even tho it is hard for us to understand. Services were conducted at the house by Bro. Joseph Rediger reading Psa. 90. Bro. William Eicher opened the services at the church by reading II Cor. 5. Funeral sermon preached by Bro. L. O. Schegel. Text, Heb. 4:9, 11. Services at the grave by Bro. William Eicher.
"Father's chair is vacant;
And his voice is stilled;
But his place o,er yonder,
Now, we hope, is filled."
Burkholder. - David Burkholder was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio. On Sept. 21, 1835; died Jan. 8, 1923, after a short illness of about 3 weeks; aged 87 y. 3 m. 18 d. Bro. Burkholder was a pioneer settler who came to Elkhart County in the spring of 1863. He at once purchased the farm on which he lived at the time of his death. Nappanee was the unknown; the county round about was unsettled and the land uncleared. It was in the summer of this same year that Bro. Burkholder, then a young man and yet single, started to clear his farm. the following fall, Sept. 27, 1863, he was united in marriage to Mary Bucher, who was also working in Elkhart Co., at this time. He at once began to build a house and by Nov. 10, he and his wife moved into their new home, which was nothing more than a little log hut in the midst of a dense forest with only a few acres cleared. Before them lay a quarter section of land, part of which was a dismal swamp and the remainder, tho dry land was covered with heavy timber, all of which had to be cleared. Nevertheless by the time they retired from farm life they had the satisfaction of being in possession of one of the best farms in the community. He and his companion lived together nearly 60 years. Most of this time was spent on their farm. They both united with the Mennonite Church in 1865 and became members of the Yellow Creek congregation. Later when a congregation was organized at Nappanee they transferred their membership to that place. The Nappanee congregation was organized with only 11 members. Sister Burkholder being the only one left of the original eleven. On May 15, 1880, Bro. Burkholder was ordained to the ministry by J. M. Christophel, and on Feb. 4, 1904, he was ordained to the office of bishop over all the congregation in the district west of Goshen by J. S. Shoemaker. He faithfully discharged his duties as minister of the N. Main St. congregation until the last few years when he was disabled because of failing health and old age. One of the distinguishing characteristics of his ministry was that he stood firmly for the simple teachings of the Bible and the doctrines as believed and practiced by the Mennonite Church. During his services as bishop he ordained 10 ministers, 7 deacons, and 2 bishops. He is survived by his companion who is ______ years of age, his only child, Mrs. Nelson Maust, _______ her husband, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 sister, Maggie Good of Middleton, Ga., and many other relatives and friends. He was a loving husband and kind father, and his demise will be keenly felt by the family. During his sickness he suffered greatly with intense pain, but he bore it all patiently. He seemed to know that the end was drawing near, and with this in view he made his own funeral arrangements. Funeral services were held Jan. 10, 1923, at the N. Main St. Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., conducted by E. S. Mullet and D. Kauffman. Text, II Tim. 1:12.
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Transcribed by Carolyn Hunnicutt, Indiana